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Hudson and Paige Litter – Week Four

We want to bust out of here!   “The Nail Salon is Open!” To help the puppies continue to bulk up, they had their first raw feeding of hormone and antibiotic-free meat with organic vegetables, pro-biotics, vitamin supplements including vitamin C, bovine colostrum and Puppy Gold for eye and immune system development, goat’s milk and plain yoghurt. Paige keeps the milk bar open 24/7 for top-ups but w e’re certain she relishes the break she gets from each puppy’s twenty-eight razor sharp teeth!    In  order to accommodate the puppies’ rapid growth and increased mobility, we’ve removed the pig rails from the whelping box which gives the gang some more room to play in. They’re  spending a great deal of time playing and interacting with their siblings, so we’ll be expanding their living quarters very soon by adding an extension. In  the meantime,  they have gym memberships thanks to an elaborate play station and numerous plush toys at their disposal. While all of that is certainly fun, one of
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Storm and Chanel’s Litter – Week Five

Enjoying a beautiful summers day....and a snack! “The Rebel Yell”   The dynamic in the whelping box is evolving.  This is the beginning of the most influential socialization period for the puppies. They’re learning to communicate with each other and with us by wagging their tails. With the increased control over their facial muscles, they are making expressions and are beginning to reveal their personalities and communicate their opinions. They spend longer periods of time awake and they use it to engage in some manner of play with their siblings whether head butting or wrestling, awake or asleep. They’re also craving a lot of attention and affection and fortunately that’s something that’s not hard to provide. Frequently there’s a “rebel yell” emanating from the whelping box which is our cue to reach in and pick someone up for a cuddle.   The gang is growing steadily and is now getting three meals a day, which are supplemented by Chanel’s still frequent offerings of dessert. Their muzz

Hudson and Paige Litter – Week Three

Such a cuddly bunch.  “The Hunt for Big Red” Since the puppies are quite well established, Paige, who’s been a stellar mom, has been taking some breaks outside of the whelping box for a bit of much deserved “me time”. She spends much of this time with her fellow-mom and roommate Chanel. Their favourite pastime is that they’ll sit by the glass living room door which has a walk-out to the yard and watch for their nemesis, “Big Red”. While the name sounds foreboding, Big Red is actually a tiny red squirrel who seems to delight in taunting the duo and scurries up a tall cedar tree to safety. You be careful, Big Red – these moms are fast! Now that their vision is established beyond simply being able to detect light, dark and movement, the puppies are becoming increasingly curious about their surroundings and each other. They’re staggering around and beginning to get acquainted with their littermates. They can often be seen standing in a group gently colliding or rubbing their noses and head

Storm and Chanel’s Litter – Week Four

“The English Lesson” This was a week of adjustment as Chanel and her mini pack moved out of the bedroom and into the living room to join fellow mom Paige. Chanel now has both a sofa and a love seat to stretch out on, not to mention some carpeting and some sections of cool wood flooring for lounging. There’s also a walkout to the backyard for private bathroom breaks or birdwatching, albeit Chanel is pretty keen on squirrels. The gang had their first raw feeding of hormone and antibiotic-free meat with organic vegetables, pro-biotics, vitamin supplements including vitamin C, bovine colostrum and Puppy Gold for eye and immune system development, goat’s milk and plain yoghurt to supplement the feedings they get from their mom. Everyone loved it. Messrs. Cardinal and Oriole went back for seconds and thirds.  Once their food supply was depleted, the puppies stood around licking each other’s faces to clean up every last morsel. Chanel continues to do her due diligence in keeping the puppies t

Hudson and Paige Litter – Week Two

Paige is such an attentive momma. “Just a Quick Look Around” Paige and her new family were relocated to the living room from our bedroom this week which is a pretty regal deal for mom. She’s got both a sofa and a love seat to stretch out on, not to mention some carpeting and some sections of cool wood flooring for lounging. There’s also a walkout to the backyard for private bathroom breaks or birdwatching. Paige didn’t need any convincing that this was a good deal. The pups reside in what’s called a whelping box: a 4 ft. square enclosure which we’ve lined with mats and towels, in order to accommodate the puppies’ rapid growth, we’ve had to raise the pig rails up a notch. These are rails around the inside of the whelping box, that are there to help prevent mom from accidentally squishing one of her kids. At some point during the following week, the rails can safely be removed altogether and an extension to the box will be added which will give the gang lots more room to play in. There a

Storm and Chanel’s Litter – Week Three

Our eyes are open, we're alert and playing! “Squish-proofing” The pups reside in what’s called a whelping box: a 4 ft. square enclosure which we’ve lined with mats and towels. in order to accommodate the puppies’ rapid growth, we’ve had to raise the pig rails up a notch. These are rails around the inside of the whelping box, that are there to help prevent mom from accidentally squishing one of her kids. At some point during the next couple of weeks, the rails can safely be removed altogether and an extension to the box will be added which will give the gang lots more room to play in. To enhance their experience, we’ve put stuffed animals in the whelping box as an obstacle course of sorts as well as fluffy playmates to cuddle with.  Now that their vision is established beyond simply being able to detect light, dark and movement, the puppies are becoming increasingly curious about their surroundings and each other. They’re staggering around and beginning to get acquainted with their

Hudson and Paige Litter – Week One

     “The Payback”   We were lucky last week when Chanel delivered her puppies during the middle of the day. As fate would have it, along with Paige’s pup came the payback. Pups are usually born in the wee hours, so this is how it was to be. Around one in the morning, Paige began to get restless and soon after, her water broke. Mr. Bluebell (dark blue) made his debut at 2:15 a.m., feet first of course. His sister, Miss Carnation (pink) demonstrated the correct way to exit a womb at 2:52. After Miss Pansy was born at 3:58, we thought we might be on a one puppy per hour programme. Not so. It wasn’t until 5:50 that Mr. Hydrangea decided he was going to plop out onto the gravel run during Paige’s supposed pee break. What is it with boys? Since the pack usually wakes up around 7:00, sleep was going to be out of the question.   It never ceases to amaze us how the little ones know exactly what to do from the first minute onward and how they instinctively suckle and how moms know they need to